Monday, October 25, 2010

Vous n’avez pas les os en verre, vous pouvez vous cogner à la vie.

The other day i rewatched the movie Amelie and everytime I watch it it reminds me of how much like that movie and how meaningful it is to me.

Amelie is a French movie that was made in 2001. It is about a woman who accidentally finds a hidden treasure in her apartment that belonged to a boy who lived in his apartment about 50 years ago. She decides to return it to its owner. Seeing his reaction, she felt a great joy helping other people and decides to become a good-deed-er. She helps people around her including a random blind man to cross the streets while describing in details what is aroun the place, a guy that is mistreated by his boss at the grocery store, an old man whose bones are fragile as glass, his father who stays all day long in his house mourning for his wife and obsessed about the garden gnome, a lady who believes that his husband never loved her, and a hypochondriac in need of attention. She realizes later that she is doing all the good deeds for other people but forget about her own life, especially her love life. She falls in love with a guy who collects photo booth pictures from the floor, whom later grows an interest in Amelie for her mysterious ways of reaching him.

I don't consider Amelie as any other movie I have seen. For one, it goes to little details that are meaningless but are fun, like what every character likes and don't like. For instance, Amelie likes looking at details in movies nobody notices, sinking her hand into bags of beans, and breaking the top of the creme brulee with the spoon. Her mom does not like the wrikles she gets on her cheeck after getting up from bed. At the beginning of the movie, the narrator says:

On September 3rd 1973, at 6:28pm and 32 seconds, a bluebottle fly capable of 14,670 wing beats a minute landed on Rue St Vincent, Montmartre. At the same moment, on a restaurant terrace nearby, the wind magically made two glasses dance unseen on a tablecloth. Meanwhile, in a 5th-floor flat, 28 Avenue Trudaine, Paris 9, returning from his best friend's funeral, Eugène Colère erased his name from his address book. At the same moment, a sperm with one X chromosome, belonging to Raphaël Poulain, made a dash for an egg in his wife Amandine. Nine months later, Amélie Poulain was born.

The movie talks about people as if it was real, but that does not mean there are no room for imagination and creativity. For example, Nino finds himself talking to a guy who appears in the photo booth photo. Or when the fish decided to commit suicide and escapes from the fish bowl. Or the witty ideas to get revenge on the mean guy from the grocery store.

What I appreciate the most about the movie is that it makes me realize about the small things in life that people don't usually notice, or that people don't know they enjoy - also called life's simple pleasures. For example, skipping rocks in a river, eating raspberries from your fingers, organizing your purse, eating cereal marshmellows in the end, having warm showers, popping bubble wraps, etc.

On top of that, I really like the general message of the movie, the whole doing good deeds for other people and how they really make a difference and changing people's lives. Today's society we have become so individualistic that we only care about ourselves and be selfish with other people. Sometimes people forget how good it feels to help others and the difference you can make or the impact you might have on other people's life. Even something as simple as helping a blind man crossing the street or sending a happy song to someone who is depress could make a BIG difference on the other person. Let's not forget that we do after all live in a society with other people, and the best thing is that helping other people, those people might help you back. Or people helping you with nothing in return. That is when you think that life is good, and that there is a reason why you are living for.

I think that Amelie is a BRILLIAN movie that everyone should watch, even though it is only in French. It really does help you rethink about life and reappreciate life and people around you. It is a movie that makes you feel happy and bubbly in the end. I think you will also enjoy the music soundtrack. I would say it is a really wonderful work of art.

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